"Every night Ange stands by the window looking out with the hope to see her son one last time looking up at her from across the road. Instead, every night for the past eleven months there has been a shadow standing there in his place. Desperate for answers, Ange lets the shadow in.
Rory is just a regular awkward teenage boy. Or at least he was until that night when it all went wrong. Desperate to tell his story and to reach out to a woman he had never met but knew so much about."
PRAISE FOR "MY BOY DANNY"
★★★★ - "My Boy Danny offers a satisfying, enjoyable, emotive and intriguing theatre-fix provided by local creatives. In short, one which is well worth your attention."
★★★★★ - “powerfully performed play which is both sensitively and poetically written. Five Stars!”
★★★★★ - “My Boy Danny offers a satisfying, enjoyable, emotive and intriguing theatre-fix provided by local creatives. In short, one which is well worth your attention.”
★★★★ - “From a victim of knife crime, myself; this play is an important piece which should be shared in schools.”
★★★★ - “None of the characters are innocent parties. They were real and had flaws like any one of us. We see parts of each of the characters in ourselves making it relatable and appealing.”
MY BOY DANNY is currently being performed for a limited time only at THE LION AND UNICORN THEATRE, 42-44 Gaisford Street, London NW5 2ED
DATES: 11TH – 13TH OCTOBER 2021
CURTAIN UP: 7.30PM
PERFORMANCE DURATION: 75 MINS
TICKETS: £13 | £11 CONCESSIONS (Fees apply)
About the play
Described by one 5-star reviewer as being "A powerful and poetic piece of writing which is a relevant song for our society today". The play is written by award-winning critically acclaimed Writer, Director and Actor Alfie James and features a cast including Kitty Whitley, Ben Kinsman and Atarah.
The story of the play
The play was originally written as part of a free educational package with the hope of raising awareness of and to create opportunities to talk openly about gang-knife crime and hate crime towards members of the LGBTQ community. Both have seen an alarming increase in statistics in the past few years. Alfie James strongly believes that performance techniques can be used as a powerful tool in bringing about positive social change. Due to Covid, the cast weren’t able to perform the play live which put a spanner in the works. Refusing to be disheartened, they then set about creating an audio play via Zoom from their own living rooms. None of us had done anything like it before and what then proceeded was a wonderful four-month journey of learning about the ins and outs of developing an audio play, learning how to use Zoom and overcoming challenges of creating sound effects, adapting the dialogue for a radio play and relying upon our voices as our only acting device. It was a great learning experience.
The audio play went live, and we quickly received a string of positive reviews, and it was hailed as a success by audience members for its realism, sensitivity, People found the characters relatable and seemed to connect with the story. We were then blown away when we received Arts Council Funding to develop the piece into a stage play and support from both Stonewall and The Southwark Well-being Hub to further develop our educational materials. After four six extensive months of rehearsals and workshops, we are delighted to be performing My boy Danny live for the first time at the highly regarded Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London.
Articles and Reviews
Below are a selection of our articles and reviews for MY BOY DANNY
BROADWAY BABY 4-STAR REVIEW
The full 4-star review for our original Audio play by Monica Yell for www.broadwaybaby.com can be read here.
MY THEATRE MATES
An article written for My Theatre Mates about how My boy Danny explores the growing problem of hate crime towards the LGBTQ + community.
An article for the Kentishtowner about the story of creating MY BOY DANNY and transferring it to the stage.
An article about the growing problem of Hate crime and how it is explored in the play MY BOY DANNY.
INTERVIEW WITH WRITER, ALFIE JAMES
A rare interview with Writer, Alfie James and Monica Yell for Broadwaybaby about MY BOY DANNY during lockdown.
MY BOY DAY - THE AUDIO PLAY
You can listen to the original MY BOY DANNY audio play for FREE below.